Education: For the Skilled & Select

Were enough young Americans being properly trained for the overseas careers in business and government that would be open after World War II? The prominent citizens who met, one day in 1943, to mull that question over decided the answer was no. So the notables—including onetime Ambassador Joseph Grew, Harvard Professor William Yandell Elliott, the Commerce Department's Will Clayton and Congressman Christian Herter of Massachusetts—agreed to start a graduate school of their own. That was the beginning of the Foreign Service Educational Foundation and its School of Advanced International Studies.

With money raised from private companies interested in foreign trade, the foundation...

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